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Out of the Box Date Night Ideas

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Dinner? Been there, done that. Movies? Old news. A romantic walk along the beach? Fake news. It may seem like you’ve already maxed out your mind on interesting date night opportunities in Memphis, but we’re here to help you dig a little deeper. Whether it’s your first meet and greet, you’re just playing the field, or you’re hella boo’d up, take the road less traveled with one of these unique dates.

Pick up a new plant baby at a local nursery

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Anyone can keep a puppy alive, but a plant, that’s a different story (I would know. RIP to all the plants I’ve ever neglected) If responsibility and horticulture get your willies all silly, make your way to Millstone Market & Nursery or another local favorite and grab a new bud. Not only do fresh air and fresh flora do the body good, but you can also use this as an opportunity to drop hints about your favorite flowers…for no reason at all, of course.

Test your aim at Civil Axe Throwing

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Swipe for the outtakes.

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All of the best love stories begin with a little medieval, modern-day romance, right? Civil Axe Throwing on Broad Avenue is the best spot to show off your skills while simultaneously showing that you’re not one to be trifled with. Go head to head and make a game out of it or do that rom-com thing where you get close and show the other how to aim perfectly. Is it just us or are things getting a little s-axe-y in here?

Lace it up and hit the skating rink

No matter where you came from, you probably spent some time, somewhere between elementary and middle school, making laps around the skating rink, cruising for cuties or holding hands with your “honey”. Might we suggest going back to those much simpler times and bringing bae along for the ride? Hit up Skateland, East End, or Cordova Skating Rink and get down like the ATL-Roll Bouncin’ fool that you are.

Make it permanent at Bluff City Tattoo



I am in no way condoning that you proclaim your love, like, or mild toleration of someone on your skin. For those of you that have, we hope it lasts, because that tattoo sure will. But think about how cool, or shocking, it would be to have a story of a date night tattoo session. Honestly, we stan. Bite the bullet and get that piece you’ve been wanting or leave it up for fate to decide with the “Get What You Get” machine at Bluff City Tattoo.

Taste your way through Old Dominick Distillery

The bottling of Old Dominick spirits is just like any relationship. From grain to glass, it takes passion and dedication to see it all the way through, and what better way to get a taste of commitment than with a look into the 100-year-old story of Old Dominick Distillery? It’s a 45-minute “sensory-journey” of traditions told and sips shared, so at the very least, you’ll leave full of knowledge and liquid courage.

Smash some $h!t at Craze Memphis


We all have pent-up emotions. Take them to Craze Memphis where there are all sorts of breakables waiting to be on the receiving end of whatever you’re feeling. Sessions start at 10 minutes and go all the way up to one hour, so spend as much time as you need releasing those inner demons to make some room for that heart to grow a couple sizes.

Toss some clay at Belltower Artisans

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Coffee shop dates are an easy standard, but why not see if bae is up for getting down and dirty? Roll up your sleeves and hit up Belltower Artisans where you can try your hand at mug making and wheel throwing. Their core values are craft, caffeine, and community, but maybe with your help, they can add chemistry to that list of “c’s”.

Catch feelings and air at Society Memphis


Society Memphis recently opened on Broad as part-skatepark-part-coffee shop, and it may just be the spot to kick-flip your way into a courtship. Grab a cup of Society coffee or leave your heart on the halfpipe. Either way, hopefully, the good times will roll.

Do the Time Warp Again with Absent Friends

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a romance film of sorts when you think about it. There’s love, lust, adventure, more lust, hatred, scandal, more lust, oh, and lots of sex. On the first Friday of every month, the Absent Friends invite you to experience the film at the theatre, and we mean really experience it. Do your research, come ready to time warp, bring a virgin or two, and put that lingerie to good use (and we’re not just talking to the ladies when we say that).

Get up close and personal at the Rumba Room


You want to talk about spicing things up? There is truly nothing more fiery than the salsa dancing that goes down at the Rumba Room. The best thing about it is you don’t have to be master at moving them hips. With professionals offering lessons most nights and the encouragement coming from strangers-soon-to-become-friends, you’ll be walking out of there feeling like a ghost pepper.

Wow the crowd with a karaoke duet

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This out of towner killed us all tonight. We are dead.

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I’ve grown to understand that karaoke isn’t necessarily a test of talent, but more that of confidence, one of the most attractive qualities a person can have. Hit the stage with your “insert relation here” and wow the crowd with what you’ve got, even if it happens to be a little offbeat and offkey.

Go on your own cookie tasting tour

This may just stem from my personal affinity for cookies, but I’m sure you agree with me when I say the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach (both physically and emotionally). Cupcakes and pies get their own level of love, so why not switch things up a bit. You’ve got Sweet Lala’s, Makeda’s Cookies, Frost, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Whimsy Cookie Company, Ricki’s Cookie Corner, 17 Berkshire, Milk Dessert BarPrimas Bakery & Boutique, and honestly who knows what else. Start at one and make your rounds.

Catch a flick during the Time Warp Drive-In Series

Yes, technically I said, “been there, done that” to the whole movie date night thing, but the Time Warp Drive-In Series at the Malco Summer Drive-In is just too good to pass up. There’s action, sci-fi, horror, adventure, and all the 1980’s and 90’s reminiscing that your heart can handle. Talk about the good ole days and mix your M&M’s with their popcorn because that is #romance.

We’re all looking for love in different places, so if you have more date night ideas, share them in the comments!

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